Chuck Rosenberg, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that smoking marijuana should not be considered medical treatment on Wednesday, calling the notion a "joke."
"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal—because it's not," Rosenberg said in a briefing to reporters, according to CBS. "We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine—that is a joke."
Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states — Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska — have opted to legalize the drug for recreational and medical use.
An additional 17 states have approved legislation regarding "CBD-only" marijuana, a chemical compound of the plant that has a wide range of medical benefits.